ProtoCAM: Excellence in Additive Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Tooling

Rapid Tooling Services

Rapid tooling fixturesProtoCAM is a leading provider of rapid tooling (RT) services, with a wide variety of rapid tooling technologies, including prototype/bridge tooling and short run/production tooling. Rapid tooling combines 3D additive manufacturing technologies with traditional tooling concepts to produce a tool or mold from a CAD model, typically at a faster speed and lower cost compared to a mold that is machined by traditional methods. ProtoCAM offers rapid tooling to generate:

  • Low quantity part runs
  • High Volume production

Lead times for rapid tooling prototypes and parts range from 2-6  weeks. ProtoCAM can supply complete rapid tooling along with injection-molded parts.

ProtoCAM’s Rapid Tooling Methods and Materials

Your requirements and your tooling expectations determine the method that we use to create your rapid tooling. ProtoCAM will select the fastest and most cost-effective method available to meet your requirements. As the industry evolves, our in-house engineering team continues to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and advancements in the industry in order to offer our customers the best processes and materials available with the quickest time to market..

What ProtoCAM Offers

ProtoCAM offers two different types of rapid tooling: prototype/bridge rapid tooling and short run/production rapid tooling.

Prototype/Bridge Rapid Tooling for quantities from 50 to 2,000Typical applications:

  • Validate part design
  • Validate material selection
  • Validate tooling concepts
  • Limited product life span
  • Supply parts while production tooling is being manufactured

Short Run/Production Rapid Tooling for quantities from 1,000 to 100,000

Typical applications:

  • Finalized part design
  • Defined material requirements
  • Defined manufacturing quantities

Technical Overview of Rapid Tooling

ProtoCAM uses aluminum tooling for our rapid tooling. Aluminum tooling is a versatile approach to rapid tooling; it can be CNC machined, EDMed, textured, and can be used to create undercuts.

Materials Used in Rapid Tooling

  • ABS
  • Acetal
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polycarbonate/ABS
  • Nylon
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene

We can mold most all engineering and commodity thermoplastic materials..

Rapid Tooling FAQs

Q: What lead times are available?A: Tooling lead times range from 2-6 weeks

Q: Can part have undercuts?

A: Parts can be molded with undercuts. Cams, slides, and lifters can be incorporated into the tooling. For low part volumes, hand-loaded inserts can be used to help keep costs down.

Q: Do I need draft?

A: As with any plastic part that is to be injection molded, draft is required The degree of draft is dependent on several factors, including depth of draw, surface finish, textures, and more. A one degree draft is typically adequate.

Q: Can I have a texture applied?

A: Aluminum tooling can have textures applied. They can be bead blasted or sent out for specific textures.

Q: What type of CAD file will you need to quote tooling?

A: The file formats required for tooling quotes include STEP, IGES, , Native Creo or SolidWorks file types.


Contact ProtoCAM for Rapid Tooling Services

Please contact us to request a quote for rapid tooling.